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July 26, 2016 - 3:59pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's School of Kinesiology, Allied Health and Human Services will offer the Kindergym program again this fall. The program will be offered on six Saturdays starting Sept. 10 and ending Oct. 22 in the main gym at the Wellness Recreation Center (WRC) on UNI's campus.

Kindergym is an informal learning program focusing on the development and refinement of motor skills. The 4- and 5- year-olds will meet from 9 to 9:50 a.m., and the 2- and 3- year-olds will meet from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Registration is $35, which includes an official Kindergym T-shirt.

Kindergym is a parent/child program, so parents are requested to attend the sessions with their child. The physical activity stations will focus on age-appropriate movement skills that encourage success in a fun atmosphere.

For more information, contact Rip Marston at 319-273-6882 or

July 25, 2016 - 4:27pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host an interactive exhibit at the Iowa State Fair 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, through Sunday, Aug. 21, in the Varied Industries Building. Fairgoers can visit with alumni, faculty, staff and students, as well as pick up Panther tattoos, athletic posters and other giveaways.

There will be a multimedia interactive station complete with three 55-inch touch screen monitors to allow visitors, alumni and prospective students to explore different majors and opportunities offered at UNI.

UNI athletic director David Harris will visit with guests from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13. Harris will also show a steer at the Governor’s Charity Steer Show.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, special appearances will include players from the UNI women’s basketball team from 10 a.m. to noon, UNI head wrestling coach Doug Schwab from 1 to 3 p.m. and UNI head track and cross country coach Dave Paulsen from 3 to 5 p.m. UNI mascots TC and TK will be at the fair from 10 to 11 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13. Panther fans are encouraged to wear their UNI colors Saturday, Aug. 13 and stop by the booth.

UNI interim president Jim Wohlpart will be at the exhibit to visit with fairgoers from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19.

For more information, contact Jessica Betts, marketing specialist in the Office of University Relations, at 319-273-2761 or

July 25, 2016 - 4:30pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Lisa Krausman, administrative dietician and purchasing manager for the Department of Residence at the University of Northern Iowa, earned national recognition for her outstanding contributions to the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). Lisa was presented with the NACUFS Regional President’s Award at their 2016 National Conference held in Anaheim, California in July.

This award is presented annually to one or two individuals per region who have provided outstanding service to NACUFS within their region.

Lisa very deservingly received the award in recognition of her exemplary and enduring contributions to the food service industry and to the association, from her days as an undergraduate NACUFS intern to most recently serving as the vice president of NACUFS Midwest Region and current director-elect.

“Lisa is particularly deserving of this award. Her consistent support and dedication, along with her humble and inclusive style of leadership, I believe, exemplifies what NACUFS leadership should always characterize,” stated Lance Thornton, president of NACUFS Midwest Region.

NACUFS supports the college and university food service industry by providing its members with programs and resources they need to excel, including benchmarking and best practices, educational programming and professional networking. NACUFS membership includes approximately 550 institutions of higher education and nearly 500 members from the food, equipment and consulting industries.

July 18, 2016 - 4:18pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa received a total of $38.7 million in sponsored grants, awards and funding for FY16.

"At UNI, we take great pride in the fact that externally funded projects not only support our faculty and staff’s research and scholarship endeavors, but it also provides priceless hands-on experience for our graduate and undergraduate students," said Tolif Hunt, director of UNI's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. "In almost all projects here at UNI, students, in some way, are directly involved in a project. I think this speaks to UNI’s commitment to maintaining a student-focused university while at the same time maintaining a cutting-edge presence in all academic areas through the support of externally funded grants and contracts."

Notable new awards for FY16 include:

  • Joshua Sebree, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry: "Titan Aerosol Formation as a Sink for Staple Carbon and Nitrogen" – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, $55,155
  • Kenneth Elgersma, assistant professor of biology: "Implementing Adaptive Management and Monitoring for Restoration of Wetlands Invaded by Invasive Phragmites" – Michigan Technological University, $72,678
  • Rui He, associate professor of physics: "CAREER: Raman Spectroscopy of Interlayer Phonons in van der Waals Heterostructures" – National Science Foundation, $517,923
  • Gerard Thiel, director of UNI's Metal Casting Center (Department of Technology): "Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Network Hub – Phase I, Additive Manufacturing Center" – Iowa Economic Development Authority, $2,715,500
  • R. Martin Chin, professor of chemistry and biochemistry: "RUI: Diruthenium Catalysts for the Silylation of C-H Bonds" – National Science Foundation, $202,257

Sponsored funding at UNI contributed $4.3 million for direct student support in the form of student wages, assistantships, travel, participant costs, stipends, scholarships and project supplies. Thirty-three percent of UNI's sponsored funding focused on Iowa outreach (public service projects); 52 percent benefited academics and student aid; and nearly $3 million was awarded to UNI to support research activities.

July 18, 2016 - 4:23pm


CEDAR FALLS — Academic opportunities for students and faculty at the University of Northern Iowa continue to grow with the establishment of a new fund in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS).

Donald and Gudrun Fruehling, from Las Vegas, Nevada, donated $220,000 to create the Donald and Gudrun Fruehling Fund for Excellence. Their gift provides the dean of CSBS the flexibility to offer initiatives that contribute to the social, economic and cultural well-being of the state of Iowa and the world.

"The Fruehling's generous gift will allow our students to participate in field experiences, service learning, internships and research programs," said Brenda Bass, dean of CSBS. "They will be able to take their knowledge from the classroom and apply it to the real world, whether at the local, national or international level. We are grateful for the opportunities this gift offers."

Donald Fruehling earned his bachelor's degree in social science and business from UNI in 1957. In 1974 he received the Alumni Achievement Award, and he has served on the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees. He retired from McGraw-Hill, Inc. in 1988 as president of the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company and Television Broadcasting Company. The Fruehlings owned Armed Forces Journal publishing company for nine years before selling it to Gannett in 2003. Both Donald and Gudrun are long-time supporters of the university.

"The great education I received from UNI helped to built a stable base for my successful business career," said Donald. "I am grateful for this. I am now in the position to give back and hope that our gift will inspire young students to do the same once they have achieved their professional goals."

The Fruehling gift was established through the UNI Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to support the University of Northern Iowa by leveraging private and public resources through strategic engagement of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. For more information about the Foundation, visit

July 11, 2016 - 3:42pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s New Horizons Band will perform a summer concert at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 21, at Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls. The band will perform a variety of pieces, including “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by Douglass Cross and George Cory, “Teddy Bears Picnic” by John W. Bratton, “Patriotic Fantasy” by George M. Cohan and “Walt Disney Overture” arranged for band by Frank Erickson. Carol Gordon from Grundy Center will be the featured clarinet soloist on “Theme from Schindler's List” composed by John Williams.

Following the concert, there will be a reception. Both the concert and reception are free and open to the public.

The New Horizons Band (NHB) is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and the UNI Community Music School. The group includes members ages 50 and over with various musical backgrounds who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform. The band members travel to the UNI campus for rehearsals twice a week throughout the year. Diana Blake, retired music educator from Waverly, is director of the New Horizons Band.

For more information, contact Blake at 319-352-3007 or, or Cindi Mason, administrative assistant for the New Horizons Band, at 319-273-2142 or

July 6, 2016 - 2:54pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) at the University of Northern Iowa has been selected to receive a grant of $46,464 from Raliance, a collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation. The grant will go toward providing Coaching Boys into Men™ (CBIM) training to coaches and educators across the state of Iowa. The CVP was chosen to receive this funding among a competitive pool of more than 250 applicants.

“The Center for Violence Prevention is at the forefront of the gender violence prevention discussion in Iowa,” states Chad Elsberry, assistant director for the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA). “As we look to provide educational services to schools across the state, we support the CVP and its ongoing work in the areas of student leadership, mentoring programs, and bystander intervention. The Coaching Boys into Men program offers a unique opportunity for coaches to engage with players in meaningful discussions to improve their community.”

The CBIM program is an evidence-based program that teaches young men how to intervene or disrupt a teammate’s unhealthy or abusive behavior directed at women and girls by recognizing these behaviors when they occur and utilizing a bystander approach to effectively challenge and/or stop it.

Originally piloted in Iowa in 2008, CBIM has been a prevention program supported by the Center for Violence Prevention at UNI since 2011. “This funding will allow the CVP to continue its important work in engaging men and boys as allies to prevent all forms of gender violence across the state,” said Alan Heisterkamp, director of the CVP.

Raliance was recently founded by three leading sexual violence prevention organizations across the United States: the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCAS) – PreventConnect and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV). Raliance will serve as the central hub for effective allocation and distribution of programmatic funding for sexual violence response and prevention efforts and as the go-to resource on sexual violence for policymakers, advocates, service providers and the media. 

As its first initiative, Raliance has funded 27 projects – including the UNI Center for Violence Prevention – totaling nearly $1.2 million in the first round of an ongoing grant program seeking to advance promising, replicable practices or policies that 1) improve the response to victims of sexual violence; 2) reduce the likelihood of perpetration of sexual violence; or 3) strengthen communities’ and organizations’ capacity to create safe environments. This initiative is made possible through a multiyear, $10 million commitment from the National Football League (NFL).

For more information regarding the grant or the UNI Center for Violence Prevention, contact Heisterkamp at 319-273-3545 or

June 21, 2016 - 9:13am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Museum located in the Rod Library is updating its webpage and moving the content of the Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture (CHRIEC) into its database. The archive documents will now be searchable alongside the physical objects and will undergo a digitization process to make them more accessible to the public.

“Our primary goal is to make access to historical information and artifacts easier,” said Nathan Arndt, curator of Museums &Collections. “Merging the CHRIEC into the museum’s new webpage allows staff to better serve researchers and incorporate these collections into our ongoing digitization process. This means that moving forward, more documents will be available online and will be easier to find.”

The Rural School Records are comprised of official records documenting the rural school system of Iowa from 1849 through 1975. The records have been organized and arranged according to county. The Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture maintains records collections from 87 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

For more information, contact Nathan Arndt, curator of the Museums & Collections, at 319-273-6922,

June 17, 2016 - 11:27am


CEDAR FALLS, IA – A tiny house designed and constructed by students from the University of Northern Iowa will be on display for an open house during the arts and crafts fair on Sunday, June 26, at the Sturgis Falls Celebration in Cedar Falls.

Scott Greenhalgh, an assistant professor of technology at UNI, and 15 technology and engineering education students began working on the tiny house project during the spring semester. Their task was to build a fully functioning house with all the amenities necessary in a home, but using the least amount of space possible. The students worked with interior design students to find innovative ways to maximize space, design solutions with multiple functions and improve efficiency in aesthetic ways.

The goal of the project was to develop a rich curriculum that integrated various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts, and could be replicated at the high school level. It also introduced students to architectural and engineering design, construction systems and techniques, and in-depth problem solving.

Greenhalgh and the students’ hope is to find a group to that will agree to finance the house and allow them to donate it to a group that will use it to address homelessness. Greenhalgh has self-funded the project up to this point.

For more information, contact Sarah Pauls, marketing manager for the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences, at 319-273-2817 or

June 2, 2016 - 7:36am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A one-hour UNI credit workshop, Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well, will be held as a two-part workshop. Part one is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17. Part two will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12. Both will be held at the Center for Outdoor Learning in Hinton, which is 12 miles from Sioux City.

The workshop has a  $75 tuition fee, and educators who complete the workshop will receive a $75 stipend, making the workshop free, due to grant support. To receive the stipends, the educators' students will need to complete a community engagement project, such as letters to the editor, posters in storefronts, a shoe collection or a number of other options.

UNI is able to offer the graduate workshop, lesson plans and $40 of free books to each teacher, thanks to funding support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program and UNI EPSCOR. Other supporters include the Plymouth County Conservation Board and other county conservation boards.

For more information, visit, or contact Susan Salterberg, instructor and program manager for the Center for Energy & Environmental Education, at 319-337-4816 or

June 2, 2016 - 8:01am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa’s College of Business Administration and Human Resource Services will host the Blue Zones Project Lunch and Learn on Thursday, June 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curris Business Building, Room 3. This event is free to Cedar Valley business leaders, HR professionals and wellness champions who are, or who are working to become, Blue Zones Designated Worksites. A light lunch will be served as UNI representatives discuss best practices for promoting the benefits of healthy living.

A healthier workforce is more productive and helps control corporate health care costs. This lunch and learn will discuss the economical benefits of employee well-being and share tips on how organizations can promote a more healthy lifestyle in the workplace. Learn how the College of Business Administration is exposing business students to stress management and personal well-being techniques through their Professional Readiness Program (PRP), and hear from a panel of UNI representatives on how the Blue Zones’ “Power 9” principles continue to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives.

“Adopting a healthy lifestyle starts early. It’s our obligation as educators to teach future business leaders how to manage stress and implement healthy habits so they can go on to promote healthy best practices in their own organizations,” said Katie Hillyer, director of professional readiness at UNI’s College of Business Administration.

Therese Callaghan will give a short introduction on how Human Resource Services was instrumental in acquiring Designated Worksite status for UNI in 2012. Strength and conditioning coach Jed Smith will focus on “UNI Strength in Community,” including details on the construction of state-of-the-art exercise stations along local bike trails. Ronelle Langley from the College of Business Administration will share how the 2016 Gallup-Healthways well-being study underscores the importance of purpose for people in the Cedar Valley, and Lisa Krausman from UNI Food Services will discuss how the work environment can affect healthy eating habits.

To RSVP and arrange for a parking pass, contact

June 2, 2016 - 2:25pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Purple and Old Gold awards, recognizing meritorious scholarship or conspicuous achievement, were presented to 55 seniors during the University of Northern Iowa's Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 7, in the McLeod Center.

Named after the university colors, the traditional awards were first presented at Commencement ceremonies on May 29, 1939. The awards for meritorious scholarship are the highest university honor awarded by academic departments to undergraduate students. Those for conspicuous achievement are granted to students with outstanding accomplishments. Each student receives a certificate and a bronze medallion.

Since 1939, there have been more than 2,100 Purple and Old Gold recipients. Currently, awards may be in 54 academic areas, as well as for achievement in particular areas.

College of Business Administration

Ryan Patrick McMahon, accounting

Joseph Blake Scurr, business teaching

Kevin Joseph McGee, economics

Allison Nicole Waters , finance

Christopher Pollpeter, management

Clinton Au Jong, management information systems

Abby Lynne Kluesner, marketing

Alexander James Vlach, real estate


College of Education

Shawna Kay Sieren, athletic training

Britney Nicole Bockstahler. early childhood education

Sarah Elizabeth Maston, elementary education

Kelsey Marie Ewald, health promotion and education

Katie Jo Garrison, leisure services

Kristen Marie Orwoll, middle level education


College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Rachael Victoria Bair, art

Celeste Marie Underriner, biology

Caitlin Leah Knoedel, chemistry and biochemistry

Michele Morgan Dacy, communication sciences and disorders

Andrew John Sladky, communication studies

Jonathan Ross Schlicht, computer science

Robert Joseph Spielbauer, earth science/geology

Luke Justin Palandech            , electronic media

Jessica Lynn Walker, english

Alyssa Anne Adamec, music

Alexndra Nicole Dunlay, music

Hansen Garlington Brietling, philosophy

Abigail Jen Kreun, public relations

Walter Ernesto Abrego Barientos, spanish

Thaddeus Grover Klenske, theatre

RaeAnne Katherine Caldwell, TESOL - Spanish teaching

Emily Anna Piburn, TESOL and TESOL teaching

Aaron Timothy Baughman, technology

Lindsey Marie Pedersen, mathematics

Cassara Jolleen Higgins, physics

Benjamin Allen Quint , study of religion


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Caitlin Mary Kelly, anthropology

Tucker Addison Olson, global studies

Tatiana Marie Rice, criminology

Charlotte Ann Johnson, school of applied human sciences

Grant R. Helle, geography

John Grant Szymanek, history

Autumn Aynn Reeder, political science

Marissa Ann Quint, psychology

Mollie Sue Ullestad, social science

Marie Anne Nielsen, social work

Hannah Elizabeth Horsch, sociology


Continuing Education and Special Education

Abigail Renae Rolinger, individual studies, BLS, general studies

Conspicuous Achievement

Dana Renee Potter, art

Stephanie Jean Davison, women's basketball

Blaize Elric Cabell, wrestling

Anthony Christopher Peavy, forensics

Drew Daniel Curtis, journalism

Leia Mae Lensing, music

Katie Marie Grassi, performance Studies

Cory Stewart Skold, theatre

May 31, 2016 - 4:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has named Jim Wohlpart as the University of Northern Iowa's interim president, pending approval at the June 8-9 board meeting. Wohlpart is currently the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at UNI. He will assume his new duties on July 3 if approved at the upcoming Board of Regents meeting.Jim Wohlpart

"I am honored to be selected as the interim president of the University of Northern Iowa and want to thank President Ruud for his leadership over the past three years," said Wohlpart. "The university has a great deal of momentum right now with strong support from the Board of Regents, the Legislature, the Governor and community partners. I am eager to work with faculty and staff to continue that momentum and to elevate the great work we do with preparing students for academic and professional success and for meaningful engagement with their communities."

Wohlpart came to UNI in 2015 from Florida Golf Coast University where he was the dean of Undergraduate Studies and a professor of English. He earned his Ph.D. in English and B.A. in English and philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He earned an M.A. in English from Colorado State University.

During his 21 years at Florida Gulf Coast University, Wohlpart held the positions of chair of the Division of Humanities and Arts and associate dean for planning and assessment in the College of Arts and Sciences. He participated in the development of the Liberal Studies degree and the Interdisciplinary Core, and he was instrumental in developing the First Year and Transition Experience. At UNI, Wohlpart has been focused on three broad areas: organizational structure, strategic planning and community development.

Wohlpart replaces Bill Ruud, who is leaving UNI to be president at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. The Board of Regents will conduct a nationwide search for UNI's new president.

May 23, 2016 - 3:27pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Gwenne Berry has been named chief diversity officer at the University of Northern Iowa. She will assume her new duties as CDO on July 1.Gwenne Berry

"I am excited for the expertise and passion that Gwenne will bring to this position," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "She is someone that will take the challenges UNI has faced, and continue to face, and turn them into opportunities and possibilities."

"I know it sounds clichéd, but the first thing I want to do is listen," said Berry. "I need to hear from students, faculty, staff and our community. I need to hear from alums and parents. I need to know where we're succeeding and where we need some work.

"The University of Northern Iowa could – and should – be a leader when it comes to diversity and inclusion. We have allies on our campus, in our community and among our alums. I'm excited about engaging all of those constituents in making sure the university gets it right."

Berry is currently the associate director of compliance and equity management at UNI. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Iowa State University and a master's degree in communication studies from UNI. Prior to her current position, she held positions in what was then known as the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at UNI and was also a writer/columnist at the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

UNI is committed to championing diversity as a core value of the university community and is engaged in improving the campus climate, systems and structures that are in place in order to create a culture of care, which is central to long-term change. The role of UNI's chief diversity officer will be to provide senior-level leadership to the university's campus diversity and inclusion efforts, in addition to serving on the president's Executive Management Team.

May 23, 2016 - 1:21pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The 16th Annual Second City International Conference on Disability Studies in Education, in collaboration with the Midwest Summer Institute on Inclusion and Communication, will be held from Monday, June 27 through Tuesday, June 28, at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines. This is the first year that the Midwest Summer Institute has partnered with Disability Studies in Education, a special interest group that belongs to the American Educational Research Association.

The purpose of the conference is to gather educators, families and individuals with disabilities to learn how to better create inclusive educational spaces for students with disabilities. Conference participants will be able to attend workshops and panels from a diverse group of presenters in the areas of communication, inclusive education and theory.

Students, families, self-advocates, teachers, administrators and educators are encouraged to attend. To register, visit

For more information on the 2016 Midwest Summer Institute, visit or contact Amy Petersen, associate professor of special education at UNI, at 319-273-7959 or

May 18, 2016 - 6:43pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa President Bill Ruud is leaving the university to accept a position as the president of Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.

Bill Ruud

Ruud will assume his new duties at Marietta College on July 3. An interim president will be named at the June Board of Regents meeting.

“As we look to the future, it is important to remember that the only constant in our lives is change,” said Ruud. “Our time in Cedar Falls has been a blessing. The relationships that have been made will last forever. As the university moves toward its 150th anniversary in 2026, it is my hope that the students, faculty and staff here will continue to make UNI what it is – the University of Nothing Impossible.”

In his three-year tenure as president of UNI, Ruud has helped guide the university with a commitment to achieving academic excellence and increasing student enrollment. For three consecutive years, UNI has ranked second in the “Best Regional Universities (Midwest)” category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Enrollment numbers have also continued to climb each year under Ruud’s leadership, alongside improved 4- and 6-year graduation rates.

Ruud was named the 10th president of UNI in 2013. Prior to his arrival at UNI, Ruud served as president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

May 11, 2016 - 7:56am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The College Hill Farmers Market located near the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls will be opening for its fourth season from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 2.

Farmers markets offer the opportunity to purchase fresh, local food. The market will be open rain or shine. It is suggested that you bring along reusable bags and coolers to keep your food fresh. Cash works best for all vendors, but some accept credit/debit cards, FMNP vouchers, or EBT cards for the SNAP program.

There are several other farmers markets opening throughout May and June. The farmers markets in Cedar Falls, downtown Waterloo, Hudson, Waverly, Independence, Urbana and at the Kimball Ridge Family Market will be held on Saturdays. The Oelwein Farmers Market will be open on Mondays and Fridays. The Kimball Ridge Farmers Market and Waverly Farmers Market will be held on Tuesdays. The Evansdale farmers market will be open on Wednesdays, and Thursday markets include College Hill, Vinton, Jesup and Grundy Center. The farmers markets in LaPorte City, Belle Plaine, Oelwein and Toledo will be open on Fridays. For a complete list of farmers markets, locations and times, visit under the local foods section.

For more information on the College Hill Farmers Market and other farmers markets, visit the UNI Local Food Program Facebook page or contact Jodie Huegerich, local food program manager for the Center for Energy & Environmental Education, at 319-273-7883 or

May 10, 2016 - 7:47am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A gift of $2.47 million from the estate of H. Theodore (Ted) Dohrman will be used to establish the Theodore and Mary Dohrman Presidential Scholarship Fund at the University of Northern Iowa.

Income generated from this endowment fund will be used to provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students involved in the Presidential Scholars Program. The first scholarships will be awarded in 2017-2018.

Jessica Moon Asa, director, University Honors Program, said, “We are so grateful to Theodore and Mary Dohrman for their generous gift to the University Honors Program. This fund will continue to attract talented students to UNI where the university as a whole benefits from their academic and social engagement. We look forward to sharing and celebrating the achievements of Dohrman Presidential Scholars in the years to come!” 

Dohrman, who earned his doctoral degree from Harvard University, served as a member of the UNI sociology faculty from 1949 until his retirement in 1981. Dohrman was then granted emeritus status. He passed away on May 8, 2015, at his home in San Diego, California.

The Dohrman gift was made to the University of Northern Iowa through the UNI Foundation. For more information about the UNI Foundation, visit

May 9, 2016 - 4:23pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Jim Jermier, the University of Northern Iowa's director of development for the College of Education, is leaving the university to accept a job as the new vice president for development at Luther College in Decorah. Jermier will begin his new duties at Luther on June 6.Jim Jermier

As the vice president for development, Jermier will lead the development, alumni and campus programming operations, as well as serve as adviser to the president on the development operations of the college. This position secures external support for Luther College through capital campaigns, annual giving, major gifts, planned giving and other programs.

Jermier came to UNI in 2004. He first served as assistant director of planned giving before being promoted to his current position. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNI with a major in physical education. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in philanthropy and nonprofit development from UNI.

A search for Jermier's position will begin immediately.

May 5, 2016 - 9:31am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa presented three graduating students with the Lux Service award for their exemplary service to the university:

Hansen Breitling is a senior philosophy major from Ames, Iowa. Graduating in May 2016 with a 3.95 GPA, he plans to attend graduate school in the fall. He was an active student leader in Ethnic Student Promoters, Black Student Union, the Philosophy Club, the Dean’s Advisory Committee, and the Northern Iowa Student Government, where he served as the Director of Diversity and Student Life.

Joellen Hatchett is a senior general studies major from Waterloo, Iowa, who is graduating in May 2016. Hatchett has been an active member of Panther Pep Crew, Connection Alumni to Students, Student Admissions Ambassadors, and Cat Crew. She has also been a peer mentor for Cornerstone and a host on KULT Radio, in addition to serving as a resident assistant and on the summer orientation staff.

Paul Andersen is a senior public administration major from Ankeny, Iowa, who is graduating in May 2016. Paul has served as president of the Student Admissions Ambassadors, several leadership positions within Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Vice President of NISG, twice. He has also been a peer mentor and long-time student employee in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

A selection committee chose the Lux Service Award recipients based on nominations from UNI faculty, students and staff. Requirements include being scheduled to graduate in 2016, a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstration of service to UNI during the recipient's academic career that will leave a lasting impact on the university community.

For more information about the Lux Service Award, visit

May 3, 2016 - 8:09am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – At 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center announced 25 new shows that will make up its 2016-17 Artist Series.

The new season picks up where it left off bringing big names such as Lily Tomlin and Kenny G as well as notable Broadway tours such as “MAMMA MIA!” and “Pippin.” A full list of shows, including the three recently added summer shows, can be found below:

Loretta Lynn – June 25, 2016

The Oak Ridge Boys – July 11, 2016

Huey Lewis and the News – July 17, 2016 (limited availability)

George Thorogood & the Destroyers – Sept. 15, 2016                             

Ronnie Milsap – Sept. 18, 2016

Music City Hit-Makers – Sept. 30, 2016

The Aluminum Show – Oct. 16, 2016

Unelectable You – Oct. 21, 2016

Menopause The Musical – Oct. 27, 2016

Country Unplugged Featuring: Mark Chesnutt, Lorrie Morgan, and Joe Diffie – Nov. 5, 2016

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: the Musical – Nov.16 & 17, 2016

Foreigner The Hits Unplugged – Nov.19, 2016

Canadian Brass – Dec. 4, 2016

Sandi Patty – Dec. 11, 2016

Kenny G – Dec. 16, 2016

Uncommon Sense – Jan. 21-22, 2017

Beers to You and Gourmet Too – Jan. 29, 2017

Calmus – Feb. 2, 2017

Pippin – Feb. 3 & 4, 2017

DRUMLine LIVE – Feb. 19, 2017

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live – Feb. 24, 2017

MAMMA MIA! – Feb. 28, 2017

Cuisine and Confessions – March 9, 2017

Lily Tomlin – March 26, 2017

Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE – April 8, 2017

Into the Woods – April 21, 22, & 23, 2017

The Hillbenders, Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry – May 5, 2017

Farfalle (Butterflies) – May 13, 2017 

More information can be found at Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 3. Members of the Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn can begin ordering as soon as Tuesday, May 17. More information on earlier ticket ordering can be found at

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or

May 3, 2016 - 8:42am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will host the Midwest International Piano Competition on Sunday, June 5, through Saturday, June 11, on the UNI campus. The event is open to the public, and youth and professional performing pianists and piano enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

The competition will feature 36 exceptional pianists from around the world, including Canada, Japan, Singapore, Russia, Italy, Albania, Costa Rica, Algeria, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Lithuania and the United States. The first place pianist in the senior category will claim a $10,000 cash prize. All senior finalists will perform with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony at the June 11 senior category final round. Awards will be given to the top three finalists in both junior (up to 17 years) and senior (up to 32 years) categories. Six semi-finalists in the senior category will also receive honorable mention awards.

All preliminary rounds from Sunday, June 5, through Thursday, June 9, are free and open to the public. The final concert for the junior category will begin at 2 p.m., Friday, June 10, with tickets priced at $10. The final concert for the senior category, featuring the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, will begin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 11, with tickets priced at $25.

Tickets for both final concerts are available by calling 319-273-4TIX or visiting and selecting "Buy Tickets" under the School of Music heading. For more information, visit

May 2, 2016 - 8:35am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Former National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL) quarterback Don McPherson will be the keynote speaker at the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Violence Prevention and Governor’s Office on Bullying Prevention 10th Annual MVP Student Leadership Summit to be held Friday, May 6, from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm, at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa. In addition to his professional football career, McPherson is also a nationally recognized leader in violence prevention.

The 10th Annual MVP Student Leadership Summit is sponsored by the Kind World Foundation, the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Sioux City Community School District, Western Iowa Tech Community College and UNI.

Nearly 300 high school student leaders from the Sioux City Community School District and the Council Bluffs School District will participate. Students will hear from local community and regional experts in workshops and breakout sessions on leadership, implementing bystander education and prevention strategies with near peers, cyber bullying and sexting prevention, recognizing the warning signs of dating abuse, group facilitation skills, leveraging sports and school activities to improve school culture and climate, gender stereotypes and equality and fostering team work and building healthy relationships.

“The Sioux City community has a strong tradition and history of working together to promote and support safe homes, neighborhoods and schools. Engaging hundreds of student leaders in the work to prevent bullying and all forms of violence and abuse makes the Sioux City Community School District and the broader community unique and a leader in prevention across the state of Iowa and throughout the Midwest,” said Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention and Governor’s Office on Bullying Prevention at UNI.

The Center for Violence Prevention has delivered bullying and gender violence prevention programming to over 40 secondary schools and colleges in Iowa.

For more information, contact Heisterkamp at 319-273-3545 or

April 29, 2016 - 9:22am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has awarded $490,863 to the University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences to fund the development of an Environmental Analysis Classroom and Laboratory (EACL).

The department first began offering a bachelor’s degree program in environmental science in 2013. The program, which currently enrolls 44 majors, is expected to grow along with UNI’s bachelor’s degree program in earth science. The proposal of a new EACL is intended to support the growing programs and the increasing needs of students and faculty with interest in environmental laboratory research.

“The [UNI] Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has a long tradition of undergraduate education and research, and this award will build upon that foundation,” said Siobahn Morgan, department head for the UNI Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. “The grant will provide our students with hands-on experiences with industry-standard equipment and the opportunity to work with faculty on issues that are important to many in Iowa, such as air, land and water quality concerns.”

The current geochemical lab in Latham Hall will be remodeled to serve as the new EACL, which will provide field equipment for collection of data and samples and lab equipment for analysis of samples and instruction on lab methods. Once completed, this new space is expected to impact up to 50 students a semester.

For more information, contact Morgan at 319-273-2389 or, or Hillery Oberle, director of corporate and foundation relations for the UNI Foundation, at 319-273-2226 or

April 29, 2016 - 4:52pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A new large-scale sculpture was installed Friday, April 29, next to Rod Library on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The project was funded by donations from Satch and Karen Mukai as part of their contributions to library renovations.

The sculpture, titled “Culminata,” was designed by Daniel Perry, a professor, with the help of students and donors. After the design was complete, Perry, the Public Art Incubator and UNI students Dallas Guffey, Jacob McGinn and Tim Jorgenson fabricated the sculpture in the summer of 2015.

The base of “Culminata” is an open book, with a spiral staircase of books that wraps around the figurative backbone of the university and leads to a flame on the top symbolizing the climb to achievement. The concrete was poured for the sculpture in the fall of 2015, but weather postponed the final installment.

For more information, contact Perry at or 319-273-2003.

April 28, 2016 - 9:23am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications for the Master of Science in Technology. The program is scheduled to begin this fall and is intended to prepare and develop professionals to perform and function as leaders and skilled technologists in industrial environments.

“UNI’s Master of Science in Technology online degree program is an excellent option for busy individuals who want to earn a graduate degree, but find it difficult to fit fixed class schedules into their lives,” said Doug Hotek, program coordinator. “The flexibility of being able to work school into your life instead of trying to arrange life around school makes earning a degree possible for many non-traditional students.”

Courses for this program are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. The program uses a cohort model in which students move together through the six-semester course sequence, with program completion expected in the summer of 2018. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit

A Bachelor of Arts in Technology Management is also available for those interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree. Learn more about this program at

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

April 25, 2016 - 1:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s New Horizons Band will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 2, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus.

The event is free and open to the public. The band will present a variety of musical selections including “Slavonic Dance No. 8” by Antonin Dvorak, “The Peanut Vendor” by Moises Simons, selections from “Sound of Music” by Rogers and Hammerstein, and “The Stripper” by David Rose. A reception will be held in the lobby of the GBPAC immediately following the concert.

The New Horizons Band (NHB) is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and the UNI Community Music School. The group includes 90 musicians who range in age from 50-100 years old, with various musical backgrounds, and who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform. Diana Blake, retired music educator and director of the New Horizons Band, said new members are welcome to join the group. 

For more information, contact Blake at 319-352-3007 or, or Cindi Mason, administrative assistant for the New Horizons Band, at 319-273-2142 or

April 25, 2016 - 4:50pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host three spring Commencement ceremonies this year on Saturday, May 7, in the McLeod Center.

The ceremony for undergraduate students receiving degrees from the Colleges of Education and Business Administration, and the Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs will be at 10 a.m. The ceremony for undergraduate students receiving degrees from the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be at 2 p.m. The ceremony for students receiving graduate degrees will be at 6 p.m.

The speaker for the ceremony for undergraduate students in the Colleges of Education and Business Administration, and the Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs is Abigail Rolinger, a senior liberal studies major. The names will be read by Christopher Cox, dean and professor of Library and Information Services, and Nichole Zumbach Harken, instructor in communication studies.

The speaker for the ceremony for undergraduate students in the Colleges of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences is Hansen Breitling, a senior philosophy major. Names of graduates will be read by Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre, and Deirdre Heistad, associate professor of languages and director of the Liberal Arts Core.

The speaker for the graduate student ceremony is Emily Francis, a geography graduate student. Christopher Cox, dean and professor of Library and Information Services, will read the names of the graduates.

There will be a reception immediately following each ceremony with light snacks and beverages provided. Receptions for the undergraduate ceremonies will take place on the Eldon Miller Plaza. The reception for the graduate ceremony will take place on the McLeod Center concourse. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures.

The UNI Department of Military Science will host its annual spring Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 7, in the Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall. Students will receive their commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

For additional information, visit or contact Philip Patton, university registrar, at 319-273-2244 or

April 22, 2016 - 3:25pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) at the University of Northern Iowa will celebrate National Playground Safety Week from Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29.  

This year's theme for NPPS week is "#GroundedInPlay: A video contest for kids." NPPS believes all children should have access to play in a safe environment. The goal of this event is to empower communities nationwide to be aware of and promote the importance of safe, inclusive play to enhance healthy lifestyles, decrease childhood obesity and create community playfulness.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 218,850 preschool and elementary children received emergency department care for injuries that occurred on playground equipment. The CPSC also reported 40 deaths associated with playground equipment from 2001 to 2008.

A video contest is being launched to celebrate the importance of playground activities. School communities, park and recreation programs, before and after-school programs, youth clubs with a 501(C)(3) status and early childhood/preschool programs are all eligible to enter the contest. Submissions must include a 2-3 minute video showing how playgrounds help kids reach their full potential, and can be submitted from Friday, April 29 through Friday, July 22. The winner of the video contest will receive an Outdoor Active Playground Kit, which includes a variety of playground materials.

For more information on NPPS, visit For more information on events happening during the week at UNI or how to submit a #GroundedInPlay video, contact NPPS at 800-554-7529 or

April 22, 2016 - 3:27pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host "Take Back the Night" at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, on the Maucker Union roof. The event aims to protect against sexual, relationship and domestic violence in all forms.

The event will begin with an opening ceremony, followed by a march through campus and down College Hill, and will end with a closing ceremony where cookies and refreshments will be served.

The event is free, open to the public and sponsored by UNI's Department of Women and Gender Studies. For more information, contact Zoe Potter, graduate assistant of the women and gender studies program, at 319-273-7195 or

April 21, 2016 - 4:29pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI Department of Art will present Congressman Blum’s "2016 Congressional Art Competition" of Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, which will take place Tuesday, April 26 through Saturday, May 7, in Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South.

An awards ceremony and opening reception for the exhibition will be held Wednesday, May 4 from 6-8 p.m. Congressman Rod Blum will take an official tour of submissions at 6:15 p.m. and address attendees at 7:15 p.m. Afterwards, a Grand Prize winner, a second place winner and three honorable mentions will be announced.

Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. Last year, four Iowa high school students were honored. The Grand Prize-winning artwork will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

The following sponsors make this programming possible: the University of Northern Iowa, South West Airlines and Kyle's Framing & Gallery in Marion, IA.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. The gallery is located on the main floor of KAB South.

For additional information, contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or

April 15, 2016 - 8:34am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics hosted the State of Iowa Physics Competition Tuesday, April 12, in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

Approximately 145 students from 20 different schools participated. Grinnell High School placed first, led by instructor Chris Molitor; Cedar Falls High School placed second, led by instructor Meghan Reynolds; and Decorah High School placed third, led by instructor Tim Hayes.

Individual event winners were Grinnell High School in the catapult event, led by Molitor; Cedar Falls High School in the mousetrap car event, led by Reynolds; Manson Northwest Weber High School in the bridge-building event, led by Jessica Waller; Wahlert Catholic High School of Dubuque in the soda straw arm event, led by instructor Tom Stierman; and Cedar Falls High School in the challenge problem event, led by Reynolds.

For more information, contact Larry Escalada, UNI professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or

April 15, 2016 - 10:29am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa recognized students during the Student Leadership Awards ceremony on April 12. Awards were presented to students and student organizations for outstanding student leadership throughout the 2015-16 academic year.

The list of awards and award winners include:

UNI C.A.R.E. Awards. This award is intended for UNI students, faculty, staff, organizations or programs that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to and a positive impact on a sustainable future. Recipients are Katie Young, Julie Grunklee and NextGen Climate Action Iowa – UNI Chapter.

Drake Martin Gold Star Awards. This award is given to student leaders for outstanding contributions to on-campus living at UNI. This is the highest residential leadership award at UNI and has been presented annually since 1989. Recipients are Abigail Kreun, Crystal Pottebaum, Melissa Molsberry, Matthew Klein and Anna Kron.

Student Employee of the Year. Finalists for this award are selected based on the impact of their contribution, their initiative, professionalism and quality of work. This year's recipient is Kayla Peterson.

Student Organizations Emerging Leader of the Year. This award is designed to recognize a member in a student organization that has demonstrated emerging leadership in the organization, a commitment to developing their own leadership ability and has exceeded the expectations of the membership of the organization. Recipients are Ben Vaske, Clarine Ford, Shelby Yates and Ulrikke Adolfsen.

Student Organization Advisor of the Year. This award is designed to recognize a student organization advisor who has excelled and exemplified outstanding service, dedication and leadership to the organization to distinguish itself. This year's recipient is Paul Sapp.

Student Organization Program of Distinction. This award is designed to recognize significant achievements by student organizations in the planning and presentation of programs. Recipients are the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (presented by Service & Leadership Council) and Adopt a Platoon (presented by UNI Veterans Association).

Dr. Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership. This scholarship recognizes students for their leadership contributions during their tenure at UNI and potential to model leadership for women. This year's recipient is Gabriella Ruggiero.

Student Organization of the Year. This award is designed to recognize a student organization that has exemplified excellence among its peers in the dedication and development of its members, and its contributions to the campus community and beyond. This year's recipient is the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association – UNI Chapter.

Servant Leader Award. This award recognizes those who have worked for the common good while putting the needs of others first. Recipients are Parker Bennett, Gabriella Daft, Richard Morgan, Diksha Ojha, Crystal Pottebaum, Grace Ritter, Gabriella Ruggiero, Jamal White and Shelby Yates.

Outstanding Student Leader. This award is designed to recognize students who have demonstrated dedication and leadership through their involvement in one or more campus activities. Recipients are Walter Abrego, Jacob Ferguson, Olivia Ferguson, Austin Hansen, Haley Hasenstein and Juana Hollingsworth.

Lux Service Award. This award is the most prestigious award given to graduating senior students each academic year to acknowledge the culmination of their overall involvement. Recipients consistently go above and beyond, leaving a lasting legacy upon graduation. Recipients are Paul Andersen, Hansen Breitling and Joellen Hatchett.

April 14, 2016 - 10:03am


Cedar Falls, IA -- Next week, the University of Northern Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) will receive the Student Entrepreneurship Program of the Year award presented by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA). UNI JPEC is the inaugural recipient of this international award.

InBIA is a nonprofit organization advocating for the advancement of global entrepreneurship and incubation. The Student Entrepreneurship Program of the Year award is presented to a program that excelled, providing educational and entrepreneurial opportunities to student populations.

On April 18, the UNI JPEC team will be traveling to Orlando, Florida, to attend the 30th International Conference on Business Incubation. They will be recognized at the Member Recognition & Awards Dinner at the Kennedy Space Center.

"The entire JPEC team has worked hard to create a program that serves student entrepreneurs and we appreciate the acknowledgement of our effort by InBIA. We are humbled to be awarded with so many other great incubator programs across the world," said UNI JPEC associate director and intellectual property officer, Katherine Cota-Uyar.

This award is a direct reflection of the JPEC’s mission to create a comprehensive program in entrepreneurship education for students while incorporating UNI’s intellectual property and technology transfer activities. Specialized educational opportunities offered to students by the JPEC include the R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator, a minor and certificate in entrepreneurship, competitions as well as a student organization.

The UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, a division of UNI’s Business and Community Services, can be reached at, 319-273-JPEC (5732) or email

April 13, 2016 - 10:44am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host a screening of the documentary film “No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in Room 002, Sabin Hall. The film’s director and producer, Paula Fouce, will introduce the film and then conduct a question-and-answer session following the conclusion of the screening.

“No Asylum” is based on more than 70 recently discovered documents, including letters written by Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father, that detail the desperate efforts of a loving father to save his family from the murderous clutches of the Nazis and his failure to find a safe haven for his daughters, Anne and Margot, and his wife, Edith.

This will be the first screening of the film in the Midwest.

The event is organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at UNI, with assistance from the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. The screening represents the eighth annual Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture. The lecture is funded by Norman Cohn, a native of Waterloo and a graduate of Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI).

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephen Gaies, professor of Languages and Literatures, at 319-273-3870 or

April 13, 2016 - 11:01am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Education (MAE) or Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC) in Principalship programs that begin in the fall of 2016. These two-year programs are designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as PK-12 principals or supervisors of special education.

Two course sequence paths are offered to meet unique leadership needs. The All-Iowa sequence focuses on school leadership in Iowa’s suburban and rural school districts. The Urban Education Network (UEN) sequence, developed with Iowa’s UEN member districts, addresses issues facing urban education.

“We are really proud of our school leadership preparation programs here at the University of Northern Iowa,” said Susan Alborn-Yilek, program coordinator. “Our faculty and staff members are committed to ensuring our graduate students have an exceptional experience and are prepared school leaders upon completion of the program.”

Courses in these programs are offered one night per week during the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing. Some courses are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system, and the first summer session includes a short on-campus experience.

The program begins this fall using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree or certificate to be awarded in the summer of 2018. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

April 13, 2016 - 11:10am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Education degree in Literacy Education beginning in the fall of 2016. This program is designed to develop and extend the expertise of educators in both leadership and classroom positions who wish to specialize in the area of literacy education. Students examine theories, programs and practices in the teaching of literacy, the evaluation of literacy development and the integration of literacy across curricular areas.

“The strength of our master’s program in Literacy Education can be seen in three distinct areas: the quality of coursework we provide which leads to a Reading Specialist K-12 endorsement, the expertise of our faculty across various aspects of literacy learning and research, and the distance delivery model that provides convenient access to our program through online instruction and includes consistent face-to-face interactions through Adobe Connect and Zoom video conferencing,” said Deborah Tidwell, program coordinator.

Courses in this program are offered via interactive video conferencing methods (including Adobe Connect) on Tuesdays during fall and spring semesters. Some courses and coursework are offered online using eLearning.

To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

April 7, 2016 - 10:25am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced that Shelby Yates from the University of Northern Iowa is among the 218 students chosen to receive the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award.

Yates is currently a sophomore Leisure, Youth and Human Services major at UNI.

This award honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for the civic engagement of higher education.

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate such an extraordinary group of students,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “We are seeing a resurgence in student interest in acting to create lasting social change, and this year’s Newman Civic Fellows exemplify that commitment.”

In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors were encouraged to nominate undergraduate or graduate students who are proven leaders with both the motivation and ability to make substantial contributions toward public problem solving for this special recognition.

Recipients will represent their higher education institution in a national group of student leaders. These students will receive an award certificate and an invitation to join the Newman Civic Fellows online network. They will also be featured prominently on the Campus Compact national website and honored at the Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Campus Awards event on Tuesday, May 31, at the University of Iowa.

April 6, 2016 - 4:25pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Textiles and Apparel program (TAPP) will present its 24th annual fashion and design show at 7p.m., Saturday, April 9, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the UNI campus.

This year's show, "Midnight in Manhattan," will feature designs suitable for areas within the city such as Harlem, Soho and the Upper East Side. Students in the fashion promotion class organize the show with designs made by textile and apparel design students.

"The show has a little bit of everything, incorporating designs that are edgy, casual and elegant. These three themes not only characterize the three sections of the show, but also define three of the many regions of Manhattan itself," said Madeline Meyer, co-executive director of the fashion and design show.

The event is free and open to the public. The Northern Iowa Student government and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences provide funding for the fashion show. For more information, contact Meyer at

April 6, 2016 - 4:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three new summer shows will be performed at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center this June and July.

Well-known country singer Loretta Lynn will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 25. She has paved the way for women in the country music industry and has played alongside great icons like Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. Her music confronted many of the major social issues of her time, drawing on her life story as a coal miner's daughter to talk about real life struggles. Ticket prices begin at $45.

The newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, "The Oak Ridge Boys" will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, July 11. The band's unique harmony is one of the most recognizable sounds in the music industry, and their upbeat songs include classics that are some of the most recognizable in 80s pop music. The band has four decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition that they now bring to the Gallagher Bluedorn stage. Ticket prices begin at $48.50. 

"Huey Lewis and the News" will perform at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 17. Huey Lewis has one of the most recognizable voices of his generation. This Grammy Award-winning band has written and performed classic Top Ten hits like "The Power of Love," "Hip to Be Square" and "I Want a New Drug." Ticket prices begin at $32.

Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or

April 5, 2016 - 8:49am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Each spring, departments at the University of Northern Iowa select distinguished graduates to participate in the Alumni in Residence program. These accomplished alumni return to campus to speak with students about their professional experiences and help them understand the connections between the theories they learn in the classroom and the practice in the professional world. Alumni also meet with faculty groups to discuss current trends and issues in the workplace, tour campus and visit with student organizations about how extracurricular experiences may open doors during their job searches. In addition, they are invited to attend a joint luncheon hosted by the UNI Alumni Association and UNI Foundation.

Each college coordinates the selection of alumni participants and their Alumni in Residence experience. The 2016 class includes: 

College of Business Administration

- Finance: Rebecca Albers ’96, financial advisor, Wells Fargo Bank NA

- Marketing: Cory Henke ’05, director of business development, Concept by Iowa Hearing Aid Centers

- Economics: Pete Hosch ’00, group vice president of store development and real estate, HyVee Food Stores, Inc.

- Management Information Systems: Dan Kunkel ’03, vice president of business initiatives, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

- Accounting: Phyllis Tinker ’93, corporate controller, Lauridsen Group 


College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

- Psychology: Katie Kuker ’06 ’08, program manager, Strategic Workforce Planning, John Deere

- Geography: Jennifer Rover ’98, geographer, United States Geological Survey (Chester, South Dakota)

- Mental Health Counseling: Jake Schaefer ’01 ’08, mental health counselor, Cedar Falls Counseling Associates

- Home Economics Dietetics: Angie Tagtow ’91, executive director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion


College of Humanities Arts & Sciences

- Communication Studies: Carol Bodensteiner ’72, author

- Mathematics: Allysen Lovstuen ’01 ’06, math teacher, Decorah Community School District

- Communication Studies: Katie Patterson ’05, owner and founder, Happy Medium

- Physics/Mathematics: Brian Raue ’85, professor of physics, Florida International University (Hialeah, Florida)

- Spanish: Ed Rosheim ’89 ’91, president, Workplace Languages (Saint Paul, Minnesota)

- Communication: Andrew Rubenbauer ’14, account coordinator, Happy Medium

- Biology/Chemistry: Rochelle Remus ’08, pediatric resident physician, Mercy Pediatric Clinic

- Biology/Chemistry: Emily VanLaar ’97, medical science, Genzyme (Savage, Minnesota)

For more information, contact Susan Reinart, assistant director of stewardship and events for the UNI Foundation, at 319-273-6078 or

April 5, 2016 - 1:21pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "The Illusionists" will perform their world-famous magic show at the UNI Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26.

Direct from Broadway, the world's best-selling magic show will showcase jaw-dropping talents of seven incredible illusionists. "The Illusionists" has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Ticket prices for "The Illusionists" performance begin at $38 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or

April 5, 2016 - 1:34pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association will be honoring local nonprofits at the 12th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus. The luncheon will recognize the outstanding contributions of local nonprofits, nonprofit leaders and UNI faculty and staff. Awards are available for individuals and for organizations.

Award winners are as follows: Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year – Panther Sports Properties; Robert Koob Award for Collaboration – Cedar Valley Campaign for Grade Level Reading; Nonprofit Board Member of the Year – Maria Maixner, Self-Help International; Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership – Sarah Hanson, UNI Dance Marathon and RJ McElroy Trust; New Nonprofit Employee of the Year – Sarah Nylin, Boys and Girls Club of The Cedar Valley; Legacy Award – Linda Hughes, The Larrabee Center, Inc.; Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year – Kim Young-Kent, Tri-County Child and Family Development Council, Inc.; and Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year – Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity. Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity will receive a cash gift of $1,000, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, in recognition for their outstanding efforts.  

Veridian Community Engagement Fellows will also be recognized at this event. UNI Fellowship recipients are as follows: Jennifer Cooley and Elise BuBord, Project: Community Collaboration for Language, Literacy and Learning; and Denise Talkson, Project: Promoting Home Literacy Development for Rural Families in Need.

Amanda Goodman from KWWL TV will be the Master of Ceremonies.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a program of UNI’s division of Leisure, Youth, and Human Services. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national certification and credentialing program that works to strengthen the social sector with a talented and prepared workforce.

For more information, contact Julianne Gassman, director of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, at 319-273-2204 or

April 5, 2016 - 2:36pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Applications are being accepted for the Instructional Technology Master of Arts degree program to begin this summer. This program prepares professionals to be leaders in instructional technology in the classroom, district and beyond. Students focus on integrating technology into the classroom.

“Our graduates are making a difference in Iowa’s schools. We provide them with experiences to create a vision of what is possible and then develop the skills to make it happen. Many of our cohort students use what they learn in this program to advance their careers in their schools, districts or across the state,” said Leigh Zeitz, program coordinator. “Technology is not the emphasis in our program. Using technology to enable students to engage in unique hands-on learning opportunities is at the heart of our masters. Join us and make a difference in our schools.”

This graduate degree will be earned online and meet one night per week via interactive video conferencing. Coursework begins in the summer of 2016 using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through a course sequence, with the degree to be awarded in the spring of 2018. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864. 

April 5, 2016 - 2:38pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for the Technology Management Bachelor of Arts degree program, for a new cohort beginning this fall. This program is designed for graduates of career and technical programs from Iowa’s community colleges and focuses on industry while incorporating an applied approach to critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills.

“The Technology Management program is a great program for students at a distance that would like to add on to their AAS degree and get into higher management or technical positions,” said Ali Kashef, program coordinator.

Courses are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. The program also uses a cohort model in which students move together through the coursework, with the degree to be awarded in the spring of 2020. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit

For information about additional offerings available from Continuing and Distance Education through UNI, visit or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

April 1, 2016 - 9:59am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) group exhibition from Monday, April 25, through Saturday, May 7, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB). An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., April 25, in the KAB south lobby.

Justin D. Allen of Fredericksburg will present an exhibition titled "Memorial." Allen is a photographer and book artist who uses an anthropological approach to make humorous and poetic photographs. In this exhibition, he explores the many ways people attach memories to physical objects and how those memories change over time.

Kelly Ann Cunningham of Montgomery, Alabama, will present an exhibition titled "We Are Safe Here: On Domesticity and Femininity in Folk Tales." Cunningham is a graphic designer working in both print and digital platforms to construct narratives that connect with the viewer on subconscious, primal and emotional levels. The exhibition is a dark and bittersweet exploration of femininity in folk tales and includes printed work and artist’s books illustrating lesser known folk and fairy tales.

Elise Hanson of Cedar Falls will present a photography exhibition titled "Cycles of Chance." Hanson is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily with various imaging technologies, such as Xerox machines, laser printers and wide-format film cameras. Her exhibition explores the physicality of various materials and machines, and is an investigation of themes on technology, chaos, disintegration and repetition.

Bradley Kennedy of Dyersville, who is completing a B.F.A. in graphic design with a minor in marketing, will present an exhibition titled "Hidden In Plain Sight." The artist states, "I am a graphic designer interested in the realm of perception and color, and I enjoy creating work that is visually aggressive, forcefully optical, yet pleasing and harmonious to the viewer. This exhibition of recent print and digital works articulates experiments in color, pattern, illusion, and optical contrast."

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment.

For additional information, visit or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or

April 1, 2016 - 4:17pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Upsilon Nu Iota chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) international counseling honor society will host its second annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on Saturday, April 16. The event will run from 1 to approximately 4 p.m., and start and finish at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Registration will begin at 1, speakers will begin at 2 and the 3-mile walk will begin at 3.

Pablo Campos will be the keynote speaker as he shares his story, "Flying Under the Radar." He will share his experiences with depression, substance abuse and his attempt to take his own life during high school. Through his story, Campos hopes to encourage others to speak up when faced with adversity. There will also be a memorial table where participants can write why they walk and for organizations that are present to promote mental health.

"When you walk in the Out of a Darkness campus walks, you join in the effort with thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss," said Aubrey Davis, CSI secretary and Out of the Darkness Walk committee co-leader.

The purpose of the walk is to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention. The walk is free and open to the public, but participants who raise more than $100 will receive a free t-shirt at the event.

Individuals can register prior to the event by visiting Individuals are also welcome to register between 1 and 2 p.m. the day of the event.

For more information about the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk, contact Davis at 563-422-7434 or

March 31, 2016 - 2:15pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNIBusiness will host an ethics forum titled “What if Iowa Transitioned to Clean Energy by 2050?” from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, at the Cedar Falls Public Library. Jack Yates, professor of psychology, and Carole Yates, communications and grants coordinator for the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, will be the featured speakers at the forum.

The forum will be a place to examine different hypothetical scenarios, explore consequences and present relevant research to better prepare us for the future ahead.

The event is organized by Craig VanSandt, an associate professor of management at the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration. VanSandt also serves as the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at UNI, a position he has held since August 2013. The holder of the chair is considered the foremost expert in the college on business ethics, teaches the topic in the classroom and serves as a resource and authority on the topic for business, government and nonprofit communities in Iowa and beyond.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit

For more information, contact VanSandt at 319-273-6194 or

March 30, 2016 - 10:33am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kaoru Ishibashi, a singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, will perform his self-recorded and self-produced project, "Kishi Bashi with Strings," at the University of Northern Iowa Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7.

Ishibashi's live show is a performance composed of live violin, vocal looping, drums, banjo, guitar, a string quartet and beat boxing. The main genre of "Kishi Bashi" is indie pop and rock. Ishibashi has become a familiar face on stages around the world as a touring violinist for the rock band "Of Montreal" and for singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.

Students from UNI will also share the stage with "Kishi Bashi with Strings." The student orchestra was recruited to accompany Ishibashi on select songs throughout the performance.

Ticket prices for "Kishi Bashi with Strings" begin at $29 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or

March 30, 2016 - 2:30pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) fraternity chapter at the University of Northern Iowa is taking a stand against sexual assault. The chapter's philanthropy event is Sexual Assault Awareness Week (SAAW). The main focus of the week is to educate peers, professors and community members on how to watch for signs of sexual assault, along with prevention methods.

The fourth annual SAAW will be held from Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8, and all of the money raised throughout the week will be donated to Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, a local domestic violence shelter.

"We all have women that we care about: mothers, sisters, girlfriends. As men, it's our duty to ensure that we are doing all that we can to ensure their safety and the safety of all women, especially on college campuses. For us, one sexual assault is too many and we won't stop until we've solved this problem," said Alex Stepanek, Sigma Phi Epsilon member.

Events throughout the week include:

- Monday, April 4, “See-SAAW,” SigEp brothers will ride a seesaw outside the Maucker Union for 24 hours, demonstrating sexual assault can happen anytime.

- At 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, Vanessa McNeal, UNI graduate student and survivor of sexual assault will be releasing her most recent film, "We the Survivors," that features the stories of eight other survivors of sexual violence. Following the film, McNeal will be joined by UNI survivor and victim advocates from Student Wellness Services and the Riverview Center for a panel discussion that focuses on ways to support, empower and encourage survivors.

- At 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, the Snag a SigEp date auction will take place in the Maucker Union.

- At 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, a women's self defense class will be taught by university police officer Andrea Jennings. The class will feature education and self-defense techniques. A “Mentors in Violence Prevention” session will be facilitated by SigEp brothers to educate attendees on how to be active bystanders and do their part in preventing sexual assault.

- Friday, April 8, SigEp brothers will hand out cookies and informational pamphlets to thank individuals that participated in SAAW, while asking for donations for Cedar Valley Friends of the Family.

"I take part in raising awareness for sexual assault on our college campus because I have friends that are victims of sexual assault. When I see a UNI alert that there has been another sexual assault on campus, it tears me apart inside because I know that it can be prevented. I want to help lead the way with male leadership on college campuses to show students that they can make a difference in helping make campus safer and to show students they can make an impact that is sustainable and positive," said Jared Riter, SigEp chapter president.

For more information about SAAW week, visit or contact Justin Carlyle, SigEp Vice President of Programming, at